Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls Recipe -
Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

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"My mom made these every Halloween when I was a kid and you could still give this out as a treat. It still is a treat as a moist and chewy fall snack. You can make into balls or leave loose and serve like carmel corn if you prefer."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    55 mins


  1. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a large saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in peanut butter until mixture is smooth.
  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over popcorn; toss until evenly coated. Form into about 16 balls using buttered hands. Arrange balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; allow to dry and set, at least 30 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • This will set up quickly, so if it gets too cool to form into balls, microwave 15 to 30 seconds one time only. More than once it will burn.

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Oct 24, 2013

I am the submitter for this recipe. Shorecook considered drizzling chocolate over these. I recommend doing it! I have made this as loose popcorn(like carmel corn), drizzled melted chocolate on it, put in tins and gave as Christmas gifts. People loved it.

Oct 22, 2013

WOW! What a treat! The only trick here is hiding them from Hubby. I never had peanut butter popcorn before, love it! I'm thinking maybe of drizzling them with melted chocolate, after all, I am a chocoholic! Lilcat, you certainly have a great recipe here. Thanks for sharing!


12 Ratings

Oct 26, 2013

These need to come with a WARNING! Do not make in presence of husband, or children of any age. Do not make if you're even the slightest bit hungry and come to think of it do not make if you like any of the ingredients. Why? They will be gone in the blink of an eye! These are delectable! I was happy to realize that if you're going to follow directions and make 16 balls, then they are a good size. That means less time involved in prep which makes this treat even better in my opinion. I would love to try with drizzled chocolate as suggested but I don't want to mess with the perfection that these already are! I'll be making these again this week for a special trick or treat for our close neighbour kids. Thanks Lilcat for sharing your childhood treat recipe!

Oct 31, 2013

Easy and fast to make with a nice, softer tooth bite than some popcorn balls. Not sure if I miss-measured the popcorn or made the popcorn balls larger but I did not get 16. The popcorn was well coated and held together nicely. This will become a regular Halloween treat. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 02, 2015

Yep, totally addictive. A half cup of unpopped pop corn makes ten cups of popcorn, so I just cut everything in half. It was plenty. I didn't have light corn syrup so I used dark. It gave it the color of Cracker Jacks. We didn't bother to form popcorn balls -- just ate it from the bowl. We split it up and added chocolate to half which was mandatory for the chocoholics in the family. It was terrific both ways.

Feb 17, 2015

This was my first time making popcorn balls. They were SUPER easy, came together fast and taste amazing.

Dec 02, 2014

This was a very delicious recipe. I followed the recipe to the T., now it tasted AMAZING I could not get the popcorn to stick into balls so I just added m&ms and pretzels and made a peanut butter popcorn/trail mix and bagged it up!!!! Everyone loved it!!!

May 07, 2014

This was so easy! I dipped in chocolate, for a little extra-decadence. Only thing is, they go stale quickly. Eat fresh!


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  • Calories
  • 249 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 11.4 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 107 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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